All hospices care for the body. The Denver Hospice expands that care to encompass the mind and spirit, as well, by integrating special therapies with the best in medical care. The result is a “whole person” approach that integrates all the senses. Our skilled therapists use musical instruments, voice, art, animals, essential oils, their hearts and hands to provide the most positive care experience possible for individuals in our hospice program and their loved ones.
- Aromatherapy: Aromatherapy uses pure essential oils extracted from plants to enhance well being and relieve a variety of physical and emotional health conditions. Individuals in hospice, in particular, can benefit from this therapy to help alleviate pain, nausea, depression, anxiety, agitation and sleeplessness with virtually no side effects.
- Art therapy: Art therapy engages the creative process of art-making to enhance the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being of people of all ages. Self-expression through art can help resolve conflicts and problems, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and self-awareness, and achieve insight.
- Comfort Touch: Comfort Touch, a nurturing form of acupressure massage, is gentle, safe and appropriate for those with chronic illness, the elderly, and those nearing the end of life. Deeply soothing and respectful, it can relieve pain, promote relaxation, ease breathing, encourage appetite and digestion, improve quality of sleep and increase mental alertness.
- Music Thanatology: Music thanatology supports and eases the transition process by creating a musical field of beauty, intimacy and reverence. Using harp, voice and more, the music thanatologist offers unique bedside vigils to individuals at any stage of their hospice journey to address their physical and spiritual condition.
- Music activity visit: Trained volunteers bring live and recorded music to the bedside of individuals in hospice. The universal language of music can help decrease pain and stress and increase relaxation, as well as creating a “container” for the experience and expression of a variety of emotions that may be hard to put into words.
- Animal activity visit: Specially trained human-animal volunteer teams are available to make a visit to individuals in our hospice program at a facility or in their home. These visits can help the patient relax, open up and enjoy the sensory experience of connecting with an animal.
- Reiki: Reiki is based on the concept that the human body consists of patterns of energy which can be balanced in order to relieve tension, pain, and other symptoms, and support the individual on all levels of body, mind, and spirit. This therapy, which has been integral in the oldest of medical systems, is backed by scientific research and is provided by trained volunteers.